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City Limits Spotlight: MCPL Friends Of The Library Bookstore

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A listener suggested the Friends of the Library Bookstore on the first floor of the Monroe County Public Library should have been included in a City Limits story aired and published in December.

Proceeds from the store’s sales go to support library initiatives. Hardcover books sell for $2.50, paperbacks for $1.25 and children’s books for 50 cents, according to the store’s web site. Also available are DVDs, CDs, magazines, sheet music, vinyl records, cassette tapes, artwork, note cards, book bags and other items.

Half the books in the store come from donations, which can be made at any customer assistance desk or the drive-up window at the main library on Kirkwood Avenue. The Ellettsville Branch can accept small donations of a few bags or boxes.

The other half of the inventory comes from deaccession from the Bloomington and Ellettsville libraries. Deaccession is the process of taking items from a library or museum’s collection and making them available for sale.

A few donations aren’t accepted, including textbooks over 20 years old; damaged books, including those with missing pages, mold or water damage; annual publications older, encyclopedias, and computer manuals older than 5 years, except for children’s encyclopedias which are accepted at any age; Reader’s Digest Condensed Books; and VHS movies.

The store’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Those with further questions or who want to arrange pickup of a large donation can call 812-349-3083.

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